Ivory: no closer to an outbreak of common sense in the US?
Mirror Back, French (possibly Paris), 1350-75. Metropolitan Museum of Art
There are still no signs of a pragmatic dialogue on the impact of Director’s Order 210 (February 2014) breaking out in the public arena. The fact that there are ‘sides’ in this debate remains a mystery. Everyone wants to save the elephant: period.
Many States are seeing draconian Bills passing through or being promoted in their Legislatures, the effects of which seek to criminalise the trade in elements of our cultural history. Some of these Bills have been rejected. Meanwhile efforts in Washington continue to find compromises, at a Federal level, to maintain the acceptable status of works of art made of, or containing ivory.
> Click here < here to see an excellent and balanced letter from James Russell, specifically addressing the proposed legislation in Massachusetts.
Would it not be something if all the excellent wildlife conservation NGOs called upon the art world to lend its active support to their universally admired battle against the illicit trade in poached elephant tusks. And in exchange for this, perhaps those seeking to protect the elephant might pause to consider the pointless illogicality of demonising works of art created over the millennia.
Unthinkable? Surely not.